It appears Google is taking over the world. Or at least the classroom. 🙂
We learned at curriculum night at the high school last night that they are no longer using MS office for anything. Too many kids don’t have those MS office products at home and as a result can’t complete homework when not in school.
Google classroom is the way they do it now at Toronto schools. Even my 7th grader is doing most, if not all of her work, there. A friend in the UK, another in Germany, said the same…
I used to have mixed feelings about all this online activity in the classroom. Frankly, though, I think the convenience outweighs most of my previous concerns about this topic. The fact that everyone is tracked one way or another is just one of those things these days.
It can’t be helped.
Google classroom is accessible through a school-board generated email address for each kid. So if my kids have personal gmail accounts, that will not get them access to the online classroom. They have to sign in with their school email address.
Still, their addresses are comprised of first and last names which makes it very easy for Google to track them as early as grade 4 or whenever they start using Google classroom.
But I have to admit, I’m not against it, mainly for the convenience aspect of it.
I’ve always been a fan of the real time postings of things: notes, updates, revisions, group work, collaboration. Even back in the day when I worked in an office environment and everyone was sending unlabeled, undated spreadsheet revisions via email, I yearned for people to learn how to post to a server.
“Where is the latest scheduling update?” I was asked a million times. “I didn’t get an email from you.”
“I posted it to the department server, the lasted copy is always there,” I usually responded.
They were clueless and demanded an email attachment. Which then they would change and update but not DATE or sign and then re-send out via email without replacing the posted schedule on the server.
Most work related emails were redundant and/or didn’t pertain to me in terms of action anyway. But that part, the methods of how crucial communication was shared (via email), that was the biggest beef I had when I worked in offices.
What an inefficient way to work that was. No wonder everyone was stressed.
Today, the kids are trained to use Google classroom from an early age on. Later, they will learn how to use things like Slack (collaboration system) or similar programs to organize, communicate, update and share work. Evernote has options to do the same sort of thing, as do other programs. Most seem to have a chat option included as well so you can not only post, but communicate in real time (that is not on the phone) with the people you’re working/collaborating with.
Anyway. Just my two sense here in this ramble.
I noticed yesterday that WordPress has a collaboration/social network program called p2theme.com. It’s called a group website. This looks interesting to me and I wonder if it can be used with people who read your manuscripts (for book publishing)…
If I were to write my memoir and then invite people to read it for me, could I do it there in the group website? Does anyone have any experience with this? I’d be interested in some feedback.
Anyway, just a Friday ramble about what’s going on inside my convoluted head. Imagine me sitting on the couch, full of two cups of coffee, still in my nightgown, pondering and typing like a possessed person. 🙂
Wait…I’ll take a picture.
But I’m done now and I need a third coffee…and I gotta get my day started. Off I go.
I can’t wait till Sunday when I have a day off.